Archive for the ‘Simply’ Category

Recipe for Managing Complexity

August 9, 2007

Here is a recipe for managing complexity of any type:

  • Do simple things first.
  • Learn to do them flawlessly.
  • Add new layers of activity over the results of the simple tasks.
  • Don’t change the simple things.
  • Make the new layer work as flawlessly as the simple.
  • Repeat, ad infinitum.

Complexity must be grown from simple systems that already work.

— Out of Control by Kevin Kelly

It takes years of training to think simply

July 12, 2007

It takes years of training to think simply.

The ultimate ideas of mathematics are very simple, almost childishly so.
We are not used to thinking about such simple abstract things, and a long training is necessary to secure even a partial immunity from error as soon as we diverge from the beaten path of thought.

— Alfred North Whitehead, An Introduction to Mathematics